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Protestors take to the steps of City Hall

Mike Desmond

Protestors were out in force in Niagara Square Saturday afternoon, protesting actions of police officers around the country and locally.

The Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York was on the City Hall steps while a noisier group pushing a variety of fixes to society problems surrounded the McKinley Monument and marched around the circle shouting and waving signs while the coalition was on the steps.

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Protestors march around Niagara Square

The clergy group wants action, from cameras on police officers to keep track of what they are doing, to a special prosecutor to probe deaths when the victim is unarmed and is killed by a police officer. The group also wants to train young people on dealing with police.

Tatyiana Nelson was there defending her generation.

"Not all black men and women are shady and committing crimes. Some of us are trying to make a better life for ourselves, our families, our communities and our futures. That alone is what makes us dangerous. Young people are a commodity, these days, and the only way to make society understand and appreciate our value is for us to value each other and ourselves first," said Nelson.

The Clergy Coalition wants to train ten-thousand young people from this area on how to deal with police, working with city and suburban school districts as the minority population is well beyond city lines.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.